Program Category: Main Program Day 1


Main Program | Festival Welcome

24 Oct 2019 09:00 /

Join us as the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival begins with a traditional Balinese welcome dance, a warm welcome from our Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe, and two keynote speeches. …

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Main Program | Karma and Kindness

24 Oct 2019 10:15 /

Around the world, kindness is synonymous with karma: make a conscious choice to do good to others and good will come to you. But despite our best intentions, true kindness …

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Main Program | Asia Pacific Futures on the Page, Stage and Screen

24 Oct 2019 10:15 /

In a 2019 Entertainment Weekly interview, Amy Tan reflected on the 30 years since her groundbreaking novel The Joy Luck Club was published, commenting on the remarkable difference in Asian …

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Main Program | The Price of Democracy

24 Oct 2019 10:15 /

Jakarta’s deadly riots following the formal results issued after Indonesia’s 17 April elections overshadowed what had been a peaceful process. Jokowi’s victory was a sigh of relief for the nation’s …

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Main Program | Indonesian Emerging Writers 2019

24 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Each year UWRF puts a call out to emerging writers across the archipelago: send us your stories. This year we received 1,253 submissions, the highest number since the Emerging Writers …

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Main Program | The Crime Scene

24 Oct 2019 11:45 /

When it comes to crime readers can’t get enough. We devour cosy classics, whodunnits and courtroom dramas, and are eternally fascinated by hard-boiled detectives, organized crime syndicates, plot twists and …

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Main Program | Lucy Inglis: Milk of Paradise

24 Oct 2019 11:45 /

Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: poppy latex is a commodity without rival. Acclaimed cultural historian Lucy Inglis takes us on an epic journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and …

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Main Program | Islam Today

24 Oct 2019 13:00 /

According to nonpartisan fact tank Pew Research Center, in the second half of this century Muslims will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group. From fractious headlines to …

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Main Program | Read to Me: Mother Tongue

24 Oct 2019 13:00 /

We’ve gathered a stellar line up of UWRF’s finest to regale you with readings in their mother tongues, from Turkey to East Nusa Tenggara. There’s nothing left for you to …

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Main Program | Enlightenment for All

24 Oct 2019 13:00 /

Cacao circles, crystal alchemy, cosmic consciousness, Sufi dance, sky yoga, sound healing… the number and diversity of Bali’s spiritual and wellness activities is astounding. The island has become a melting …

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Main Program | Location, Location, Location

24 Oct 2019 14:30 /

When setting looms large, readers close a book missing the location within as much as they miss its characters. From sprawling South Asian capitals to ancient Australian wilderness, these writers …

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Main Program | Megan K. Stack: Women’s Work

24 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Women employing women, mothers employing mothers: hiring domestic help has long been the solution for mothers seeking work/family balance. Former war journalist and new mother Megan K. Stack examines class, …

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Main Program | Writing Mental Health

24 Oct 2019 14:30 /

Mental health is increasingly part of public debate, but in many cultures and contexts it still carries stigma and shame. No strangers to mental illness, our panelists invite you to …

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Main Program | The Hijab Files

24 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Spiritual garment, fashion accessory, piece of armor, symbol of empowerment: the hijab is no one thing. We hear from a panel of Muslim women whose writing about hijabs is far …

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Main Program | Parag Khanna: The Future is Asian

24 Oct 2019 15:45 /

Economic and strategic partnerships are burgeoning across Asia and the region is sharing governance and trade linkages like never before – the ‘Asian Century’ is much bigger than you might …

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Main Program | Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why

24 Oct 2019 15:45 /

After a childhood in care, 17-year-old Norman Greenwood saw his birth certificate for the first time: his name was Lemn Sissay, he was British-Ethiopian, and his mother had never stopped …

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